Coin (obverse), farthing, of James III

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Coin (obverse), farthing, of James III

This is the obverse of a farthing minted between around 1465 and 1485, during the reign of James III. The coin was made of copper and was worth a quarter of a penny Scots.

The obverse bears a crown above the letters 'IR' (for Iacobus Rex [King James]). The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God'.

Because coins such as this were at one time believed to have been struck at an ecclesiastical mint, they are sometimes referred to as the 'ecclesiastical issue'

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Online ID: 000-100-053-357-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2905
Date: 1465 - 1485
Between 1465 and 1485
Material: Copper; oval flan, uneven striking; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. [ ] S . . D . G . R . [ ]; stops are saltires; crown above I R / Rev. [ ] / [ ] / PA / VP; long cross pattee with crowns and six-pointed mullets in alternate angles
Dimensions: 13.00 x 12.50 mm D / Die Axis: 7.0
What: Coin Type: "Ecclesiastical" Type I
Coin, farthing
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James III
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Crossraguel Abbey
Description: James III copper farthing, 1465 - 1485
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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